Red (possibly ornamental?) grass

Lindalee7

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Anyone know what this could be?? I just bought a house with a large yard, and this grass is growing freely on one side. At first I thought the grass was diseased- but it’s definitely just a certain type of grass. Can’t find much on google that matches. Help! I have a free roaming large Sulcata rescue (about 50-60lbs, not sure of her age). She (I think) doesn’t seem to bother with this type of grass so far. We are located in Homestead in South Florida.

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looks like crab grass
 

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so many grasses out there!!
my Picture This plant ID app came up with broad leaf carpet grass.... none of the photos provided by the app did not have much purple... ?‍♀️
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so many grasses out there!!
my Picture This plant ID app came up with broad leaf carpet grass.... none of the photos provided by the app did not have much purple... ?‍♀️
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Yeah I’m getting a bunch of random ones on my app that don’t match either. The closest thing that came up was Japanese blood grass but it’s much taller.
thanks for checking though!!!
 

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My in-laws live in Florida, and I believe it is St. Augustine grass.
 

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My in-laws live in Florida, and I believe it is St. Augustine grass.
It is very similar, but I’ve lived here my whole life and never have I seen it turn red. Most of the rest of our yard is St Augustine or Bermuda grass. We just have this one random patch of red ??‍♀️
 

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St. Augustine grass can turn red/purple. It usually is a response to cooler temps or something environmental.
 

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For further examination , the grass in question is on the left, regular uncut St. Augustine grass on the right.
 

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Lindalee7

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St. Augustine grass can turn red/purple. It usually is a response to cooler temps or something environmental.
Weird ! If that’s what it is, it must be the soil in that part of the lawn. We haven’t had anything close to cool temps since last year.
 

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So strange!! That definitely looks like the same grass. No idea why it would be reacting that way given our temps are 88+ degrees for the last few months most days... but that sure does look the same.
 

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Sometimes compacted soil that needs aeration can cause it.
 
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